Teens face murder charges after sandbag thrown from OH overpass kills man

The late Marquise

The late Marquise

Four teenage boys will remain in an OH jail on murder charges in the death of a man struck by a sandbag thrown from an interstate overpass.

HuffPost is not identifying the defendants because they have been charged in juvenile court.

FOX2 reports that Warren resident, 22-year-old Marquise Byrd, was riding passenger in a vehicle traveling down I-75 in Toledo last Tuesday when four teenagers reportedly threw a large sandbag from the overpass. No one was injured in the second auto, she said.

"Detectives determined the falling sandbag was not an accident, but a deliberate act", Toledo police said.

In the 911 call from the evening, the driver, who says her name is Armani, panics when she doesn't see her friend move.

Byrd, who was from MI, was on his way to meet friends in Toledo when the sandbag struck.

Byrd was traveling to meet friends in Toledo, The Toledo Blade reported.

"My auntie has to bury her son", Shaveontae King, Byrd's cousin, told the Blade. "He's gone. He's never coming back", King said.

Olender said it was unlikely any of the four teenagers would be tried as adults; OH state laws don't allow for 13-year-olds to be tried this way and the children lacked significant criminal records, she said.

According to The Plain Dealer, other drivers said their vehicles were struck by objects thrown from the overpass on December 20, but no other injuries were reported. "I think this windshield might have smacked his head", she continues, struggling to describe her location and begging for someone to come right away.

The teens have been charged each with one count of second-degree murder, and one count of conspiracy to commit second-degree murder. The five teenagers face a potential of life in prison.

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